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Republican Turner Marches Into Dem Stronghold, Takes Weiner’s Seat In Congress

Republicans have scored an upset victory in a New York City House race that became a referendum on President Barack Obama’s economic and foreign policies.

Retired media executive and political novice Bob Turner defeated Democratic state Assemblyman David Weprin in a special election Tuesday to succeed Rep. Anthony Weiner, a seven-term Democrat who resigned in June after a sexting scandal.

With about 70 percent of precincts reporting late Tuesday, Turner had 53 percent of the vote to Weprin’s 47 percent.

The heavily Democratic district, which spans parts of Queens and Brooklyn, had never sent a Republican to the House.